Can the Dalbello Kr2 fusion be used with the Salomon Guardian binding, for short tours and generally getting around the sidecountry at Sugarloaf, Maine? Thanks
KR2 Fusion and Salomon Guardian binding
Philbug, Thanks for ur reply. I own the KR2, love em. But, I realized the other day, while looking at the resort map, that me and the misses haven't even scratched the surface of new sidecountry at my local hill. I was thinking that this is the perfect excuse for an AT setup.. I have some 98 Watea's that I was thinking of mounting up with some AT binding, along with the KR2's. So, question, is the Marker barron or Salomon Guardian compatible in this setup? Thanks.
The KR2s will fit in the bindings fine as they are just normal alpine soled boots. You can also fit rockered vibram soled AT boots in the Barrons but not in the Guardians (at least not with reliable release as the Guardians have a fixed AFD rather than the sliding AFD that the Barrons have).
The only limitation is that there is no walk mode for the boots. You can unbuckle them to get plenty of movement forwards with the tongue loose but the cuff is rigid and won't allow any backwards movement. Putting the cuff in the most upright forward lean position would be best for hiking but whether you want to do that depends on what forward lean you like for the downhill.
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Don't do klister wax. Skins are your ticket, or if there's mostly flat traverse with a slight up type travel, you could try kicker skins. The skins are nice for when you don't quite end up where you think you were going and can make what might be a slog from hell into a simple scoot back to the area.
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If you think that you would ever need to climb up something steep enough that would be fun to ski down, get skins. People do wax with XC wax on rolling mellow tours as into Katahdin. My son sometimes tours with me in his Barons and alpine boots to give himself a workout. Bring moleskin with you and if you need it, put it on as soon as you feel a hot spot. It's fun to poke around exploring the mountains. Leave word with someone in case you get stuck.
Looks pretty steep off the back side
Fella's thanks for ur insight. Noticed ur both from the PNW and North Bend area. I was stationed at Pier 36, Seattle back in the early 90's in the Coast Guard. Spent my leave time hiking North bend, Montana, Cascades and in AK. Your lucky to live in that part of the states. Absolutely beautiful country. Anyways the misses and I were standing on top of Sugarloaf the other day overlooking Burn't mtn. Burn't mtn has recently been turned into side/back/ slack country and I realized that we could never make it over there to the top, which is only about 2 mi as straight as the crow flies on our curren't setups. Hence the AT gear. I think I'm gonna try my 98 Watea's, Fusion boots, pickup a AT binding this summer and try a little wax to get me started. I'm a gaper at this side of skiing, so if I'm forgetting anything please say so. Thanks for ur time.
You are going to need skins. Wax is for cross-country skiing (flat or very gentle terrain). It would also be a good idea to take an avalanche awareness course if you haven't already. You will probably do a bit of hiking during the course so the guide could help you get used to using your new AT gear.